- “19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food.”
- “MPs say the number of people without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food is “significant and growing”, with the unemployed, sick or those with children most likely to be affected.”
- “The combination of high living costs, stagnating wages and often, the roll-out of Universal Credit and the wider benefits system, means that levels of hunger in Britain are some of the highest across Europe.”
The department for work and pensions (DWP) are sending doctors misleading letters stating that their patients do not need a “fit note” anymore because they’ve been found fit for work. This letter will leave severely ill and disabled claimants unable to obtain Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to which they are entitled pending appeal.
This threatens the doctor – patient relationship and puts patients at risk of damaging their health further and leaves them in serious financial difficulties.